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Itron ships its 50 millionth smart gas module in North America

Iain Morris
September 23, 2014

Smart meter player Itron says it has reached an important milestone by shipping its 50 millionth gas communication module in the North American market.

Natural gas distribution business CenterPoint Energy (Houston, TX, USA) was the recipient of the milestone module and is using equipment from Itron to deploy a range of automated meter reading services.

Itron (Liberty Lake, WA, USA) says the technology already allows CenterPoint to remotely collect up to 10,000 gas meter readings per day per vehicle through mobile data collection.

Use of the modules also gives CenterPoint the option of migrating to an advanced metering infrastructure network should its operational needs and customer expectations grow.

Itron says its history with CenterPoint goes back to 1986, when Enscan – a company owned by one of CenterPoint’s predecessors and subsequently acquired by Itron – developed the first gas communication module.

“The communications module was originally designed to solve the problem of reading indoor gas meters in Minnesota,” said Joe McGoldrick, the executive vice president and president of gas operations at CenterPoint. “We are delighted that this has come full circle and we’re receiving Itron’s 50 millionth gas communication module.”

CenterPoint has now installed 2.7 million of a planned 3.3 million modules across the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.

It expects to complete the rollout in 2015 and says the solution will give it more accurate meter readings and enhance customer satisfaction.

“For years, we have led the industry in gas module accuracy, reliability, battery life longevity and safety,” said Carl Porter, vice president of sales, marketing and delivery for Gas North America at Itron. “Our gas modules have always been designed to meet the industry’s most stringent intrinsic safety requirements.”
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